Programs


At PYD, we work to illuminate and nurture the power and potential of all youth with disabilities. We currently offer six programs serving youth with disabilities, all of which use positive youth development and social-emotional learning as tools to foster growth. Learn more below and sign up today!

Match doing a fist bumpOne to One MentoringMentor Match is a one-to-one, community-based mentoring program. This program is open to any youth with a disability between the ages of 6 and 24 who lives within the MA-128 belt surrounding Boston. Our mentors serve as an extra friend and support for their mentees, helping them work on personal goals while also having fun.
 
Youth floating in an indoor poolGroup MentoringMaking Healthy Connections is a group mentoring program for youth with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 22. Group sessions focus on helping youth understand their health care needs, and involve skills trainings, guest speaker presentations, and adaptive recreational activities.
 
Logo with a mentor and mentee connected by a wireless signalOnline MentoringThe PYD eMentoring Platform a new, fully inclusive online mentoring platform designed by Partners for Youth with Disabilities and Thunder Media. It is available for use by organizations that would like an accessible, online platform to host their mentoring programming.
 
Youth performer pointing at the crowdTheatre ArtsAccess to Theatre is an inclusive theatre program open to all youth ages 14 to 22 with or without a disability. Productions are held on an ongoing basis throughout the year, and are entirely original and youth-driven. Youth are given the opportunity to participate in all aspects of a theatre production: acting, directing, choreography, music, costumes, and set design.
 
Students working together on a projectJob ReadinessYEP is an inclusive career-readiness program that addresses barriers to employment in meaningful and measurable ways. YEP remains the only school-based career-readiness program in Boston targeting youth with disabilities.
 
Group of youth leaders enjoying a party togetherYouth Leadership ForumThe Youth Leadership Forum is an overnight conference for youth and young adults with disabilities held annually in Massachusetts. The goal of YLF is for participants to build leadership skills and leave better prepared for future employment, higher education, and independent living.